Maz's passion for food has always been apparent to her friends and family. It was only natural then, that she would trade in a career in pharmaceuticals to open Sydney's first cafe specialising in organic, plant-based living foods and wholefoods. Maz originally began blogging her own recipes and photographs while still working in the pharmaceutical industry. She couldn't believe how easy it was to eat well and feel good and she wanted to share it with anyone who would listen. She opened Sadhana Kitchen, Sydney's first organic, vegan, raw food and wholefoods cafe, in April 2012.


  • The Naked Vegan (Murdoch Books, 2016)


Mary van Reyk has a long history in children’s literature, starting her career in books at Dymocks as an Educational Specialist, then at Shearer’s Bookshop as Children’s Specialist, and finally as a Children’s Sales Executive for a major publisher. Mary lives in Austinmer, New South Wales, with her husband and kelpie.


  • Surf Riders Club (Hachette, forthcoming 2017)

VARLEY, Claire

Claire Varley grew up on the Bellarine Peninsula and lives in Melbourne. She has sold blueberries, worked in a haunted cinema, won an encouragement award for being terrible at telemarketing, taught English in rural China, and coordinated community development projects in remote Solomon Islands.


  • The Bit In Between (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2015)
  • The Book of Ordinary People (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2018)


Kate Veitch was born in Adelaide in 1955. She left home and school at fifteen. Kate has published a non-fiction exploration of parenting, as well as journalism and book reviews for The Sydney Morning Herald and Vogue amongst others. She also produced ‘Their Brilliant Careers’, a series of programs on women writers for Radio National. Kate is based in Melbourne but spends half the year in New York with her partner. Kate’s first novel Listen was published to great acclaim by Penguin in August 2006 and was followed in 2010 by Trust.


  • Listen (Viking, 2006)
  • Trust (Viking, 2010)


Karen Viggers was born in Melbourne, Australia, and grew up in the Dandenong Ranges riding horses and writing stories. She studied Veterinary Science at Melbourne University, and then worked in mixed animal practice for seven years before completing a PhD at the Australian National University, Canberra, in wildlife health. Since then she has worked on a wide range of Australian native animals in many different natural environments, including Antarctica. She lives in Canberra with her husband (an ecologist also passionate about wildlife) and two children. As well as writing, she works part-time in a veterinary practice and provides veterinary support for biologists studying native animals. Her first novel entitled The Stranding was published by Allen & Unwin in 2008, followed by The Lightkeepers Wife in 2011.


  • The Stranding (Allen & Unwin, 2008)
  • Lightkeepers Wife (Allen & Unwin, 2011
  • The Grass Castle (Allen & Unwin, 2014)
  • The Orchardist's Daughter (Allen & Unwin, 2019)